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2014 has really been the year of change in the online casino world. We’ve seen new games galore, new casinos popping up regularly and a whole new website here at NetentCasino.com. When it came to new game releases, in 2014, Netent really knocked it out of the park, with a whopping amount of new games becoming available to play for free in our Games Lounge and for money at loads of reputable Netent casinos.
Some of these slots are already firm favourites of mine and I find it hard to comprehend just how new they actually are!
Space and time enthusiasts will love this one, with reels covered in stunning galactic graphics. Fans of big wins will also love Big Bang as it has a very big, very attractive multiplier bar along the left which goes up to x32! This slot has a fairly standard 5 reels and 25 fixed win lines and features Wild Symbols and the lovely Multiplier Meter.
This is one of my all time favourite slots, and the one I tend to win on the most. The best feeling is having a spin and seeing TWO Wabbit Wilds pop up on the reels- they then munch around the cabbage patch and create two more Wilds which almost always equals mega payouts. I especially love it when two wilds appear on the reels two spins in a row then suddenly it becomes more like Cash Cow!
This is a slot I tend to gravitate towards in the summer, but really one should play it in the colder months, to help banish those winter blues! Set on a beautiful beach with equally beautiful ladies and super cool surfer dudes, this slot just screams fun in the sun.
Alien believers will tell us ‘we are not alone!’ and when it comes to loving this new Netent slot, you’re definitely not alone. Aliens video slot really doesn’t get enough hype. Based on the 1986 horror Alien, that we all hated as kids (so scary!) but have grown to love, this slot features amazing 3D graphics, game levels, Wild symbols, Free Re-Spins and Multipliers.
Lights is one of the most zen games I’ve ever played- slot or otherwise. The graphics are smooth and gentle, the music is delicate and calming. It’s incredibly simple, with just 9 pay lines and has two floaty firefly wilds, which settle somewhere different on the reels with every spin in order to help boost your wins. If you’ve had a hard day, this is a great slot to help you unwind.
The Wish Master is actually based on the tale of Aladdin and the mysterious wish granting lamp, in which lived an all powerful genie. In the video slot, allow the genie to grant your wish for a fun video slot with loads of ways to win. The Wish Master has a super high return to player percentage of 96.6% and has a host of great features to help you win such as Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols, Expanding Wilds and Win Multipliers.
I personally think that getting lost is only a good thing. You get to see and explore somewhere new and might just find a hidden gem, just like in Lost Island. Get lost in this magical, undiscovered world filled with amulets, music and ancient artefacts. Spin through 5 reels and 20 winning bet lines, filled with added extras like Wild Symbols, Sticky Wilds, Stacked Wilds, Re-Spins, Multipliers and even Free Spins to enjoy!
This is the second South Park themed video slot from Netent, which just goes to show that they see what the players love and are happy to give them what they want. This slot is jam packed with more bonus games and features than I’ve ever seen in one video slot before. Each of the boys (Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle) have their very own little extra; Cartman’s Stacked Wild, Kennys Multiplier, Stans Multiplying Re-Spins and Kyles Overlay Wilds, all designed to bring you more wins. On top of those you have bonus games which take you through level to level, beating boss by boss until you reach the big guy and the big wins.
Rather than focusing on romantic attraction, this video slot is based on scientific laws of attraction. The game is based in a lab where we’re surrounded by electricity and magnets. The Magnets act as Wilds, sticking firmly to their position for a free re-spin in order to attract even more winnings per spin. This slot has 5 reels and keeps it simple with just 10 bet lines, but keeps it profitable with a huge RTP of almost 97%.
Go Bananas is already another one of my all time favourite Netent games, even though it’s only a few short months old. This game is incredibly light hearted and fun, which we all need more of in our lives. Work and daily life can be so grown up and strict that it’s nice to monkey around occasionally. The monkeys are all adorable and each different monkey or chimp (gorilla, orangutan, baboon, langur and tarsier) brings a different Wild feature.
As you can probably guess from the name, this video slot was created by Netent in collaboration with casino giant, Mr Green. It’s based on their named character, Mr Green himself and, of course, how marvellous he is. The reels are primarily green and filled with symbols of luxury- a golden globe, a green private jet plane and mansions galore.
The Invisible Man slot was the latest release in 2014 and is based on the film of the same name. The Walking Wilds are my favourite part of this game- when they appear on the screen they move one reel to the left, or the right, re-spinning (for free) every single time. This means you get way more spins for your money and more chances to win of course. There are also some additional bonus games where you get to play detective and find coin prizes.
The much anticipated ‘follow up’ to Mega Fortune, Mega Fortune Dreams was released in 2014, not that Mega Fortune needed improving upon, but the Dreams version is a nice extra to have in the range. The graphics are much brighter, more colourful and way more detailed, giving it a heightened sense of luxury and it’s still filled with fancy items like diamond rings, expensive watches and the kind of champagne and cocktails that only celebrities can afford!
Cosmic Fortune was a truly innovative new jackpot game and really pushed the boundaries in that area. It’s a local jackpot, which means if you play on a casino, you’re only feeding the games jackpot pool on that casino. This is great as it means you’re playing ‘against’ less players and the jackpot amount will vary from casino to casino, so you can look for the highest. It has 3 progressive jackpot prizes, but what makes this truly groundbreaking is the 2 extra fixed jackpot amounts, giving this a total of 5 different jackpots in one game!
Can you believe these player favourite table games were only added to Netent’s extensive portfolio in 2014? I wont bore you with the details of the differences between the two, they’re just two popular variations of the same game and most players will favour one or the other. These were excellent additions to Netent’s table game offering and if you aren’t a fan of slots, or just fancy something different, these are must try games.
As well as designing, developing and releasing all those new games in 2014, Netent also made improvements to 4 existing video poker games. The graphics were updated to make them more modern and computer game like, a Double Up feature was added, so with every win you can either collect or attempt to double and game play was made quicker and easier than ever for these 4 games;
Back in February of 2014, Net Entertainment was named ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the International Gaming Awards (IGA). These prestigious awards are based on feedback from both players and industry experts so they really reflect the opinions of everyone in the industry- those in the business side and those on the pleasure side.
Then, in the summer of 2014, Netent won he most awards of any single supplier at the E-Gaming Review (EGR) awards, held in the Tower of London. They walked home with;
It seems that innovation is really running in Netent’s blood, as on the 1st of October, we announced how Netent had won the incredibly highly regarded title of “Digital Gaming Innovator of the Year” at the Global Gaming Awards, held in Vegas. These awards are based on both online and land based casinos and is voted on by 50 independent industry experts. Wow!
As if new games, improved games and a trophy room filled with awards was not enough, Netent also concentrated on expansion in 2014. Expansion across Europe and even internationally across the world.
Netent announced, back in September, that they were already involved in gaining a license in New Jersey, USA with the hope of going live with games over there in 2015.
In October, we brought you the breaking news that, as well as heading internationally to the USA, Netent had their eyes on some new markets in Europe too, markets like Spain, who they hope to be licensed and live in, later in 2015.
Just a few weeks ago, at the start of December, Netent games actually went live in a new market in Europe- Italy! Netent’s agreement with Italian licensed GameAccount Network came to fruition and saw Netent games going live in Europe on Eurobet.
Also in 2014, Netent cemented themselves as the best of the bunch when they spoke about the importance of gender equality in gaming- both internally and externally. They announced their dedication to ensuring they gave equal opportunities to male and female employees, stating that people are always hired based on their knowledge, experience, passion and personality, and never their sex, so a 50/50 divide is not realistic, however with the huge amount of talented women in gaming, they’re confident they’ll see their female demographic increase internally.
They also spoke on the important point of women in gaming, as players; by 2020 they hope to have a 50/50 divide of male and female players and understand that this requires action from their side. Women, studies have shown, on average actually end up being very valuable players for a casino to have- they just need to be reached out to, made to feel welcome and, basically, appreciated. Netent didn’t explain how they plan to achieve this aim but I can imagine it’ll mean signing with lots of female focused casinos over the next few years and maybe even some new games designed specifically with women in mind.
However they hope to achieve this goal, I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for us casino loving ladies!
In 2015, Netent hope to keep up their momentum with new games and are already well on track. They recently released their road map for the beginning of 2015. So, in the first quarter you can expect the following new releases;
And we’re not sure when it’ll launch yet, but we were the first to let you know that 2015 will also see a brand new exclusive slot, King of Slots, created by Netent exclusively for adventure casino Casino Saga.
2014 has been an incredible year for Netent, all of it documented here at NetentCasino.com. You can be sure that 2015 will be just as amazing, probably even more so and, as ever, you can find all the latest news, releases and gaming gossip in our news section. Here’s to another year of fun!